Dr. Jim Belcher Appointed President of Providence Christian College
The Board, faculty, staff and students at Knox Theological Seminary would like to congratulate Dr. Jim Belcher on his recent appointment as President of Providence Christian College in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Belcher and his family will be missed, but we all look forward to seeing what God has in store for he and his family as they return to their roots in Southern California.
*From the Providence Christian College Press Room
The Board of Trustees of Providence Christian College is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Jim Belcher to the office of President.
With his appointment as the 3rd president of Providence, Dr. Belcher brings to the office a great zeal for Liberal Arts Education coupled with an ideal wealth of visionary leadership in the Reformed and Evangelical communities as an author, educator, church planter, pastor, and entrepreneur.
Dr. Belcher is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.A. in political science. He went on to complete an M.A. at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in political philosophy at Georgetown University.
Uniquely gifted as an accomplished writer to share this vision, Dr. Belcher is best known as the author of Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional, which won Christianity Today’s Best Book Award and Leadership Journal’s 2010 Golden Canon Award. Deep Churchwinsomely engages one of the most important ecclesiastical issues facing the evangelical world today, doing so without compromising the Reformed faith.
His most recent book, In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness, and Heart of Christianity, has been praised by church leaders as “a Pilgrims Progress for the 21st century.” It received top recognition as Christianity Today’s “Best of the Best” book for its 2013 Leadership Journal awards.
The appointment of Dr. Belcher follows an extensive yearlong nationwide presidential search that was intensified with the goal of appointing the ideal individual to take office by summer of 2014. Dr. Belcher’s Reformed outlook, ministerial experience, and understanding of the importance of the liberal arts makes him particularly equipped to help young Christian students address the challenges—global challenges—presented in the southern California region. Providence’s board chairman Pete Nanninga expressed confidence that Belcher “will enrich the Providence mission to prepare students who are biblically grounded to be fully engaged Christian citizens in their churches and communities for the glory of God.”